Wargaming Alliance and Creative Assembly recently announced that Total War: ARENA will launch in Open Beta on February 22. To mark the occasion, the fearsome faction of Carthage will descend upon the battlefield. This fourth playable faction introduces legendary commanders – Hannibal Barca and Hasdrubal Barca – along with brand-new units and gameplay mechanics, including the formidable War Elephants.
For a bit of background on Hannibal Barca, he was was not just one of Carthage’s greatest commanders—he was one of the most daunting tacticians of history. He can crack the whip and get previously slow units like elephants and heavy infantry moving, which is perfect for ambushes. Hasdrubal Barca – another legendary Carthage commander – on the other hand, can both buff and debuff units. Used to aid fast, light units or hinder pesky enemies standing in your way, you’ll soon come to learn that these skills are invaluable.
The faction of Carthage boasts strong, mobile infantry, as well as excellent skirmish cavalry. And who could forget the War Elephant in the room? They are a unit unlike anything else in Total War: ARENA, near-invulnerable and capable of trampling prone units. A real thorn in Rome’s side, Carthage excels at ambush tactics, and their speed allows them to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield, which makes them an unpredictable foe.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Total War: ARENA is a free-to-play, team-based online strategy game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Wargaming Alliance. Part of the critically acclaimed Total War series, the game allows players to step into the boots of legendary historical commanders to forge their legacy in fierce, strategic combat. Total War: ARENA features massive, authentically crafted 10-vs-10 multiplayer clashes, where each player controls an army of hundreds.
Please note that Total War: ARENA servers will be closed from February 19 21:00 AEDT until the launch of Open Beta, and if you’re eager for battle, head to the official website to join the game and learn more.